LAKE CITY, Fla. -- A sleepless man injured six law enforcement officials at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare after being transported and refusing to exit the patrol car, according to a Lake City Police Department news release.
Police responded to a call for back up in reference to a Baker Act, Jared C. Deas, being unruly. Upon arrival to the facility, officers were advised that Deas, 38, had been without sleep for three days and staying in the woods.
After refusing to get out of the car, Deas began acting hostile towards law enforcement by making threats of violence if extracted, and maintained a clinched fist. Officers took action in attempting to get Deas to comply.
Deputy T. Murphy used his department issued taser to allow another officer to remove Deas, but it was not effective. The taser probe lacerated the suspect's hand and he began to spread his blood all over his upper body and face.
After being sprayed with OC spray by Sergeant L. Shallar, Deas took off his belt and struck Shallar while the sergeant attempted to pin him down with his shield. Deas' blood transferred to other law enforcement officials during the struggle. Two additional officers responded to assist.
Deas continued to display aggression and refused to exit the vehicle. He was physically extracted by law enforcement and struck three of the officers before being taken to the ground and secured.
Meridian staff refused Deas into the facility. He was treated and cleared by EMS on the scene. Deas was arrested and transported to Columbia County Jail where he consented to having his blood drawn to check for possible diseases for contaminating multiple officers.
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